The on-going National children’s summit, that has received backing from the highest levels of government, is a clear indication that the views and opinions of children are important and valued in this country.
This year’s summit addresses the child’s rights and the children’s role in pushing for their rights as well as voicing their concern on any form abuses and marginalisation.
It is important to keep in mind the interests of children and their opinions when it comes to addressing issues that concern them.
If children’s voices are silenced, then we miss out on important ingredients that would help policy makers and other stakeholders charged with designing policy frameworks that adequately address the plight of our children.
Government has done a lot in terms of ensuring that the Rwandan child grows in an environment that guarantees their future.
Unlike in the past, today, the education for the Rwandan child is guaranteed through provision of free education for all, irrespective of their background.
There have also been initiatives such as Imbuto Foundation, under the First Lady’s office, which has promoted advocacy for the rights of children of this nation as well as inspiring them to excel.
Organizations like FAWE Rwanda have ably championed for equal rights of children in our homes, specifically calling for girl child education.
Much as these initiatives are in place, the onus remains on the family and the larger community to embrace this shift. Government can put in place the right policies, but making them work will require the cooperation of the parents.
For example, it makes no sense to hear that some young girls deep in the villages are still denied a chance to education, or are forced into marriage at an early age.
The future of this nation depends on our children. We need to prepare them for this role.